“I substituted my husband for Bolsa Família,” one mother in Rio de Janeiro, who had recently left her abusive partner, told The Guardian.

“Bolsa’s terms, by American standards, are pretty radical: Every month, 50 million poor parents, or a quarter of the country’s population, get a handout equal to about $35 to $70, plus more for additional children.” It has been running for 10 years.

The Family Purse (“Bolsa Familiar” also translated as “family grant”) cash transfer program has much to teach us about effective Basic Income policy.

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